"Mysterious" is the word I used when first describing James Benson Nablo. This was four years ago. I'd just finished The Long November and I had questions:
- How did a man who had never published anything bolt out of the gate with a novel from a major house?
- Given its commercial success, why is The Long November Nablo's only book?
- Why did the flurry of editions and printings of The Long November come to such an abrupt end?
Today, sixty-four years after the last edition, The Long November is again available as the latest in the Véhicule Press Ricochet Books series. I think it's worth a read. But then I would say that – I was the guy who suggested that it be reprinted in the first place. You'll find the answers to the question posed above in my Introduction.
Look, there aren't many novels out there that take place in Cataract City (read: Niagara Falls), Moreland Lake (read: Kirkland Lake) and Toronto (read: Toronto). This one is the real deal.
Write what you know.
Nablo wrote about rumrunning because he'd been a rumrunner, he wrote about mining because he'd been a miner, and he wrote about women because he had known more than a few. The Long November is a rough novel; back in 1946 its language offended a whole lot of people. If talk of "shacking up", "suck-holing" and "being screwed without being kissed" offend, this isn't the book for you.
Stronger eggs and skirts will find The Long November just the thing for fin d'été. You Yanks will have to wait for autumn.
|Den Lange November|
James Benson Nablo [trans. Henning Kehler]
Copenhagen: Nyt Nordisk, 1948